River to River Festival 2009: Junior Mance, King Britt, Chuck Brown, Emmet Cohen, and Flix Lajk


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June 01, 2009 7:30pm
Summer Stars: Flix Lajk with Antal Brasny
3 Spruce Street
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Pace University

Hungarian violinist Flix Lajk fuses folk, jazz, Gypsy, and Jewish klezmer music to create a unique and energetic musical style. Known for his charismatic performances, Lajk has collaborated with everyone from Japanese Butoh dancer Min Tanaka to the French rock band Noir Dsir. Here he will perform with violist Antal Brasny as part of Extremely Hungary, a yearlong festival celebrating Hungarian arts and culture in New York and D.C. The festival is organized by the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York.

FREE. Tickets are required, available after 4:00pm day of show at the box office.

June 17, 2009 7:00pm
Rockefeller Park, River Terrace and Warren Street
Crowned the Godfather of Go-Go by fans and critics alike, bandleader, singer and songwriter Chuck Brown and his backing ensemble the Soul Searchers bring blazing soul and funky R&B beats to make sure that nobody is sitting down. Brown led the vanguard in Washington DCs go-go scene, mixing Latin rhythms, African call-and response, chants, jazz, and gut-wrenching old school soul with a relentless driving backbeat. Brown and the Soul Searchers catapulted to the top of the R&B charts in 1978 with the horn-heavy classic Bustin Loose." FREE

July 16-17 2009 12:30pm
220 Vesey Street World Financial Center, Plaza
Jazz prodigy Emmet Cohen has garnered praise for his sophisticated phrasing and compositions. In 2008 he won a national competition to perform at the Grammy Awards. FREE

July 23-24 2009 12:30pm
220 Vesey Street - World Financial Center, Plaza
Pianist and Jazz Hall of Famer Junior Mance has performed since his teens and worked with jazz legends including Lester Young, Cannonball Adderley and Dizzy Gillespie. FREE

July 28, 2009 9:00pm
220 Vesey Street - World Financial Center, Winter Garden
King Britt has pioneered all things soulful, rhythmically textured and melodically provocative. Easily synthesizing random genres into a marvelous flow, tonight he honors cosmic jazz explorer and pioneer Sun Ra.

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